- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) - Officials say an inmate found dead at the Merrimack County Jail in New Hampshire killed himself by using a piece of metal from an arm brace he wore to slit his throat.

The body of 53-year-old Roger Ward, of Henniker, was found Dec. 20 during a routine welfare check at the Boscawen jail.

Ward was being held on charges alleging he sexually assaulted two girls. He pleaded not guilty in September.

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/2ijiJXW) Ward was living in a unit where inmates are checked every 30 minutes. He was not on suicide watch. In September, he was wearing a cast. It was replaced by a soft brace, which comes with a piece of metal stitched to the fabric. A larger piece of metal had been removed for safety reasons.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com


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